Microsoft Word is word processing software that allows users to create and edit text documents. Users can start with blank documents or work from pre-configured templates for projects with frequently used formats. Microsoft Word is often packaged with the Microsoft Office Suite, but it is also sold independently.
Microsoft Word let users format various aspects of a document, ranging from text alignment to custom table layouts. Beyond basic data entry, the program enables users to insert and format images and shapes or view and edit PDF files. To simply use the program as a document viewer, individuals can access documents in Read mode to avoid accidental changes. The software is valuable for businesses because it allows remote collaboration on documents projects, making it easy to share file updates.